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You will be punished… Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan. But then Celestine encounters a situation where she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could b You will be punished… Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan. But then Celestine encounters a situation where she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found flawed. In her breathtaking young adult debut, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society where perfection is paramount and flaws lead to punishment. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.


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You will be punished… Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan. But then Celestine encounters a situation where she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could b You will be punished… Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan. But then Celestine encounters a situation where she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found flawed. In her breathtaking young adult debut, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society where perfection is paramount and flaws lead to punishment. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.

30 review for Flawed

  1. 4 out of 5

    Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies

    I am girl of definitions, of logic, of black and white. Remember this. And she's just as boring and spiritless as that quote indicates. This book is dull, bland, and yet another prime example of failed YA dystopia. It was inoffensive, if you can call, a nonsensical dystopian future and a standard love triangle inoffensive, among its other faults. I can't stop using the word bland. It was so bland. It is so flavorless. Have you ever had plain instant oatmeal? It's kind of like that. Only instead I am girl of definitions, of logic, of black and white. Remember this. And she's just as boring and spiritless as that quote indicates. This book is dull, bland, and yet another prime example of failed YA dystopia. It was inoffensive, if you can call, a nonsensical dystopian future and a standard love triangle inoffensive, among its other faults. I can't stop using the word bland. It was so bland. It is so flavorless. Have you ever had plain instant oatmeal? It's kind of like that. Only instead of taking a few bite and throwing it away, you're forced to read 250 pages of it. The main character is perfect in a flawed world. She considers herself intelligent. Reasonable. Rational. Her narrative voice puts me to sleep. She thinks I’m a know-it-all, which she has told me plenty of times, and I try not to be one with her. I know I have a habit of correcting people’s grammar or recounting dictionary definitions, but that’s just me. Doing it does not make me feel I am better than the person I am saying it to. It is just an expression of who I am. Her name is Celestine. I think we all know a Celestine. She's the pastel-twin-set-wearing, church-going, grammar-correcting, non-swearing, quarterback-dating ASB president who does all her homework on time and always has the correct answers when she's called on. She is inoffensively perfect. Don't you just hate those types? I know I shouldn't, but I'm imperfect, and I do. I need humanity. I need passions. I need emotions. I need to burst out laughing and let out a "fuck" every once in awhile, and I enjoy similar company. This book, this main character, for me, was nigh unbearable. And that's not even mentioning the atrocious joke of this dystopian future. In the future, we all have to be perfect. Cause our leaders fucked up and plunged our country into a depression and economic failure, we force everyone to be perfect. If they're not, they're put on trial and branded with a Scarlet-Letter-like "F" which doesn't stand for fuck, but Flawed!. So if you're imperfect, if you mess up in any way, you're screwed. Cheating? Nope. Lying? You're a goner. ...branded a celebrity who’d made millions on the sale of her fitness DVD but was discovered as having a secret tummy tuck. Like, REALLY? Does that make sense to anyone? Who here has not sinned, let he cast the first stone. I'm not perfect. In a single day, I've probably committed a multitude of sins. Gluttony (I'M GOING TO EAT ALL THE COOKIES), lust (god, look at the ass on that guy doing deadlifts), greed (I really want a pay raise), sloth (I have done nothing productive all day), wrath (WTF THAT BITCH TOTALLY TOOK MY SPOT AT THE GYM), envy (ugh, I wish I had bigger boobs like her), pride (goddamn I'm so smart I scare myself sometime)...etc. ....Wait, that's all of them, huh?! Fuck! I'm so screwed. But anyway, does that make sense to anyone? How freaking impossible to enforce that? Who would even want to live in a world like that? Sinning and making mistakes is fun, guys! And we have never, ever, EVER been able to hold our governmental leaders responsible for their idiocy, and I don't think we can in another version of the future. This book's premise is just silly. Oh, and there's a love triangle. Between Celestine's childhood friend who is perfect and whom she adores above all others. He's known her for years. They were friends before lovers. He's wealthy, powerful, adoring. And they're in Twoo Wuv. I watch him, his mean, tough, bold face, and will him to look at me. I wonder what he has done. It can’t be a criminal act or he wouldn’t be here, but it must have been close. Whatever he has been accused of doing, I have no doubt that he has done it. He looks up at me once he steps into his cell and sees me through the transparent wall we share. My heart flips. Contact with somebody, for the first time in hours. But as quickly as he sees me, he looks away again and strides with his long, lean legs and sits with his back flat against the transparent divide, so that all I can see are his back muscles, rippling through his soiled T-shirt. Well, that is, until she meets the Hot Bad Boy. So generic. All quotes were taken from an uncorrected proof subject to change in the final edition.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cora Tea Party Princess

    5 Words: Crime, punishment, family, revenge, justice. I think this book is like marmite. You either love it or hate it. I hate marmite. I loved this book. On finishing this book I was lost for words, speechless. All I could think to say consisted of a string of inappropriate and incoherent expletives. My mind was blank. All I could think about was the next book, when it would come, what would happen. I thought that the main character, Celestine, was an intriguing mix of strong and weak, brave and cow 5 Words: Crime, punishment, family, revenge, justice. I think this book is like marmite. You either love it or hate it. I hate marmite. I loved this book. On finishing this book I was lost for words, speechless. All I could think to say consisted of a string of inappropriate and incoherent expletives. My mind was blank. All I could think about was the next book, when it would come, what would happen. I thought that the main character, Celestine, was an intriguing mix of strong and weak, brave and cowardly, independent and easily led. It meant that I was never quite sure what she would do next, who she would listen to. Although not really a main character, I really liked Pia. I loved her motives, how human she was, how she wasn't afraid to admit that she was selfish. There is one scene, about 1/3 through the book, that had me quite literally shaking in fear, anger and repulsion. I have never ever experienced that from a book before. I was horrified by the Guild, by society itself, and by Crevan. I couldn't believe what was happening. I was actually astonished by the brutality of it all. But I couldn't stop reading. I read on, agape, barely believing what I was reading. It was such powerful stuff. This was a book that I had to force myself to put down, to step away, to take a breath. It hit me so hard, it was devastating in the best of ways. I was so good that I had to put it down. I received a copy of this for free via NetGalley for review purposes.

  3. 5 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    Celestine North lives a Perfect life. In a society that values Perfection above everything, this is of utmost importance. Because of this, maintaining Perfection is a primary focus of all citizens living within this dystopian society. Collectively, they punish those who they deem as lacking. Such individuals are branded as Flawed and never treated the same within society again. This essentially designates them as the lowliest individuals. Perfects are afraid to, and in fact, ordered not to, even a Celestine North lives a Perfect life. In a society that values Perfection above everything, this is of utmost importance. Because of this, maintaining Perfection is a primary focus of all citizens living within this dystopian society. Collectively, they punish those who they deem as lacking. Such individuals are branded as Flawed and never treated the same within society again. This essentially designates them as the lowliest individuals. Perfects are afraid to, and in fact, ordered not to, even associate with these rejects. When Celestine's neighbor, a woman she feels she knows well, is punished as being Flawed, Celestine is shocked. To her knowledge, she has never had a Flawed person in her sphere of acquaintance before. She is also horrified by the lack of empathy on the faces of her neighbors as the Flawed woman is forcibly dragged from her home, away from the embraces of her crying children. This incident causes Celestine to begin questioning everything. With new doubts in mind, she tries to get back to life as normal, but it's very difficult. Soon after this incident, while Celestine is commuting on a bus, she commits an act that ultimately gets her branded as Flawed. Her crime, compassion. She is imprisoned, literally branded on her body and made to wear an arm patch with a big capital F on it, so all of society will know of her disgrace. Think futuristic The Scarlet Letter. Her rights are stripped and life as she knows it is over. Her long-time boyfriend, Art Crevan, whose father just so happens to be the Judge that sentenced her, has disappeared. She is secluded and alone. Even her little brother is afraid of her. In the midst of it all, she hears rumblings of a possible underground movement aiming to overthrow the ruling party. They are pushing for a more equal society, ridding it of the old Perfect versus Flawed mentality. The rebels have grabbed onto Celestine's story and are using her as a sort of figurehead for their movement. This was truly a delightful surprise. I really ended up enjoying this! It was like a CW show, and I mean that in the best way, easy and addicting. The pace was fast and information revealed to you just when you needed it to be. I could have used a teeny bit more world-building, but I am hoping more will be revealed in the next book. I think if you are looking for a futuristic YA Dystopian, quick and well-written, you should definitely check this out. Good solid drama, intriguing premise and it leaves off in a great spot for the continuation of the story. I definitely plan to pick up the sequel!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Always Pouting

    Maybe I've read too many YA books and also aged out of them because I just found the writing to be subpar and juvenile as well as the whole premise of the book to be unoriginal. I don't think this was bad necessarily. I just wish there was less straight up telling and more slow building up. The pacing also felt choppy. I just do not want to be hit over the head with things and I felt like the book was doing that, and instead of being illustrative of plot points it just told them to us, like some Maybe I've read too many YA books and also aged out of them because I just found the writing to be subpar and juvenile as well as the whole premise of the book to be unoriginal. I don't think this was bad necessarily. I just wish there was less straight up telling and more slow building up. The pacing also felt choppy. I just do not want to be hit over the head with things and I felt like the book was doing that, and instead of being illustrative of plot points it just told them to us, like someone was summarizing what was happening. I just feel dissatisfied after reading this one to be honest.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Elizabeth

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins UK, Children's and NetGalley.) “I bite my lip as the tears stream. I think of little Ewan, how scared he would be, how I have bought such danger to my family.” This was an enjoyable YA dystopian story, about a society in which people were branded as ‘flawed’ if they did something wrong. I liked Celestine, although she really needed to think more before acting. Even though the thin (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins UK, Children's and NetGalley.) “I bite my lip as the tears stream. I think of little Ewan, how scared he would be, how I have bought such danger to my family.” This was an enjoyable YA dystopian story, about a society in which people were branded as ‘flawed’ if they did something wrong. I liked Celestine, although she really needed to think more before acting. Even though the things she did were morally right, she got herself into a whole lot of trouble, and still kept getting into more and more trouble as the book went along. The storyline in this was pretty good, although it did remind me of other books that I had read in places. I thought the idea of branding people as ‘flawed’ was interesting, but the system did seem a little open to interpretation, which is kind-of what was happening in the story anyway. There was a little tiny smidge of romance in this, but nothing major. The ending to this was okay, although we were left with a bit of a cliff-hanger. 7.5 out of 10

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lala BooksandLala

    I have enjoyed Cecelia Ahern novels before, but was hesitant about reading this one, as it is very different than what she has previously written. I was provided an early copy by Macmillan Children's Publishing Group and am happy to say I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Flawed centers around a young girl named Celestine, who lives in a dystopian world where everyone is forced to be perfect, or is punished by getting their flesh branded and be Scarlet-Letter'd with an "F" armband for "Flawe I have enjoyed Cecelia Ahern novels before, but was hesitant about reading this one, as it is very different than what she has previously written. I was provided an early copy by Macmillan Children's Publishing Group and am happy to say I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Flawed centers around a young girl named Celestine, who lives in a dystopian world where everyone is forced to be perfect, or is punished by getting their flesh branded and be Scarlet-Letter'd with an "F" armband for "Flawed." It has a lot of the elements you see in a typical dystopian novel; a society governed by strict rules to keep people in line, yew-neek character names, a love triangle and a follow-the-rules teenager who suddenly becomes the poster girl for a revolution. The first half was a little rocky for me, it was bland and the world didn't seem overly interesting. Celestine seemed too naive for me to get on board with and the love triangle was introduced so early that I was nervous it would be another case of "romance disguised as a dystopian." I was very pleased that the storyline got more interesting, the story was NOT taken over by the relationships, Celestine's naive personality made more sense as we went on, and I liked how the author let bad things happen to the protagonist. She didn't get saved at every turn or unrealistically get away with stuff. I appreciated hearing her thoughts on the future situation, which also sometimes paralleled the current world we live in; "He is a police officer whom I once trusted, admired, felt protected by....I learned this at school. I learned all this. Why doesn't he know these rules I was taught, that he was surely taught, too? Why doesn't anybody in the real world do what we're taught?" I think Cecelia Ahern is a talented author, the pacing throughout this book was great and she didn't waste a lot of time on over explanations or history lessons. It was still a bit of a bore as a whole, but I think there's definitely room for that later in the series, which I'm debating if I'll continue on with.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Thank you to the Publisher/Author for my copy in exchange for an honest review. I actually loved this book which I really didn't expect, when I first started reading it I wasn't sure about how it was written but the more I read then I understood the dialogue. Flawed is about a young girl Celestine who lives in a place where everything has to be perfect, perfect family, perfect boyfriend, perfect life but it's all about to change. If people are found not to be perfect they are branded like catt Thank you to the Publisher/Author for my copy in exchange for an honest review. I actually loved this book which I really didn't expect, when I first started reading it I wasn't sure about how it was written but the more I read then I understood the dialogue. Flawed is about a young girl Celestine who lives in a place where everything has to be perfect, perfect family, perfect boyfriend, perfect life but it's all about to change. If people are found not to be perfect they are branded like cattle with the marking F for flawed, pretty harsh shit if you ask me, but it isn't too much different from real life? Aren't we all under scrutiny to be perfect? By the media, by your friends, even social media puts pressure on your life.. the only exception we don't get a huge F on parts of our bodies. Cee finds herself in a situation where her morals and compassion put her in a situation which that now deems her flawed and blurs the lines of what flawed actually means. I like Juniper & Art, Cee has got a little taste how her sister feels every day under the eye of everyone judging her as they don't see her as perfect. Arts father is the head of this organisation which does the branding so you can imagine the hurt. The more I found out about Carrick it made me more intrigued, I loved reading about his past and what happened with him I felt sad, he is obviously very confused and I would be the same. Ok, I can see why people would compare it to the Reached series but just because it has a similar base point I find it pretty different. I loved Reached but the last 2 books were horrendous so I hope the sequels will be good on Flawed. I would recommend the book, I read it in one sitting and I can't wait to find out more.

  8. 4 out of 5

    ☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣

    See how easy it may be to cross from Perfection to Flawedness. See how incidious the ideas of perfection can be. See how dangerous perfectionism is. The concept is slightly reminding of the Nataniel Hawthorne's A-letter, only taken to new abysmal heights. Q: When I step outside, I see Colleen standing at her family’s car. The front door of her house is open, and she looks like she’s waiting. I guess she won’t be going to school today, probably going to the courthouse to her mom’s trial. My heart be See how easy it may be to cross from Perfection to Flawedness. See how incidious the ideas of perfection can be. See how dangerous perfectionism is. The concept is slightly reminding of the Nataniel Hawthorne's A-letter, only taken to new abysmal heights. Q: When I step outside, I see Colleen standing at her family’s car. The front door of her house is open, and she looks like she’s waiting. I guess she won’t be going to school today, probably going to the courthouse to her mom’s trial. My heart beats wildly as I try to figure out what to do. If I say hello, I might get in trouble. Anybody could see me speaking to her from their home, and I could be reported. What if Bosco sees me from one of the windows of his monstrous mansion or as he leaves for work? Saying hi may be seen as disloyalty toward the Guild, as support for Colleen and her mom. Would that be seen as aiding and assisting a Flawed? I don’t want to go to prison. But if I ignore her, it will be rude. It is Colleen’s mother who’s Flawed, not her. She looks over at me and I can’t do it. I look away quickly. (c) Q: I excelled in school—I adore information and am always hungry to know more. I read books, I watch documentaries, my favorite subject is math, and I hope to study it at the city university when I finish school this year. My aim is to win the Fields Medal, the International Medal for Outstanding Discoveries in Mathematics, viewed as the greatest honor a mathematician can receive, like a math Nobel Prize. You have to be under forty to win it. I’m seventeen. There’s time. (c) Q: “Euthanasia is frowned upon by our society,” she says, defending the Guild’s ruling on Angelina Tinder. “So is compassion. I helped an old man to a seat.” (c)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Flawed is the first installment in Cecelia Ahern's young-adult dystopian series titled: Flawed. Based on what I know about Ms. Ahern's writing career, her specialty is women's fiction and she's pretty good at it! So obviously I was super excited to read her approach to what is quickly become a very tired genre. Unfortunately, I didn't think Ms. Ahern brought anything original to the table in terms of plot or execution which made me sooo disappointed. However, Flawed offers a theme that will sure Flawed is the first installment in Cecelia Ahern's young-adult dystopian series titled: Flawed. Based on what I know about Ms. Ahern's writing career, her specialty is women's fiction and she's pretty good at it! So obviously I was super excited to read her approach to what is quickly become a very tired genre. Unfortunately, I didn't think Ms. Ahern brought anything original to the table in terms of plot or execution which made me sooo disappointed. However, Flawed offers a theme that will surely resonate heavily with the targeted audience. Ms. Ahern did a good job acknowledging the stress of living in a society where perfection is a constant expectation and imperfections are forever shamed. For this, I added a star to a reading experience that I didn't personally care for. Even though I won't be continuing Ms. Ahern's YA journey with her, I would recommend it to age-appropriate readers who enjoy various dystopian themes. My favorite quote: "I've learned that people aren't cruel. Most people aren't, anyway,... but people are strong on self-preservation. And if something doesn't directly affect them, they don't get involved." 4/25/2016: I'll wait to rate this one. I want to one-star it but let me calm down and process some positives about it to be fair. Right now I'm just so disappointed. I'm sure Ahern must have had a personal reason to stray from her women's fiction path but I'm not taking any more YA trips to dystopia-town with her.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Aditi

    “A truth that's told with bad intent Beats all the lies you can invent.” ----William Blake Cecelia Ahern, the international best-selling author, pens her new YA book, Flawed which marks as the first book in the new YA dystopian series by the same name. Now the regular Ahern fans might have mixed feelings about this book, where the regular YA dystopian lovers might just love this book. The book unfolds the story of a high school teenager who is perfect in every possible way, but soon her perfecti “A truth that's told with bad intent Beats all the lies you can invent.” ----William Blake Cecelia Ahern, the international best-selling author, pens her new YA book, Flawed which marks as the first book in the new YA dystopian series by the same name. Now the regular Ahern fans might have mixed feelings about this book, where the regular YA dystopian lovers might just love this book. The book unfolds the story of a high school teenager who is perfect in every possible way, but soon her perfection is challenged between right logic and wrong rules and little did miss perfect knew that her dreams would get shattered with her gesture of humanity. Synopsis: Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan. But then Celestine encounters a situation in which she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found FLAWED. In this stunning novel, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society in which perfection is paramount and mistakes are punished. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything. This is the story of Celestine North who lives a perfectly flawless life with her parents and her younger brother and always abides by the rules, set up upon by The Guild when the government failed to bring upon peace among its citizens, unlike her unruly and smart-mouthed younger sister. Celestine has nothing to worry about, with glowing dreams of being a mathematician along with her perfect boyfriend, Art, who happens to be the son of Judge Crevan who is the leader of The Guild. But one small mistake lands her up face-to-face with Judge Crevan in the courtroom, who will judge whether her mistake is forgivable or punishable, resulting which she might be branded as "FLAWED". The Guild- people's body, has only one rule, you will be branded as"FLAWED", if you make ethical or moral mistakes in the society. The author's writing is excellent and flawless, unlike the title of the book! The narrative is enchanting that kept me glued to the heart of the story. The scenes are written with lots of description and it feels like the scenes are unrolling right in front of my eyes and the POV of Celestine put me into her shoes that let me peek inside her perfect mind. The pacing is really fast as the story is paced with thrilling events and complicated challenges. The author's way of world building is done diligently. From the first page with Celestine's POV, the author unwraps the conditions and make and build of this dystopian yet realistic world bit-by-bit, thus almost halfway through the book, I felt like I know the world of Celestine by the back of my hand. And when Celestine is thrown into life-changing challenge, the drawbacks and the flaws in the whole system comes to light, thus making me enrage with anger against some of the characters. PS: All the way while reading I was feeling like I'm in a different version of Divergent, where Tris and Celestine are mostly alike and are thrown into the same challenge of their true identity of being the poster girl for both the sides. The main character is strongly developed and felt a bit unrealistic as teenagers like her do not exist anymore, someone who is perfect beyond imagination. Celestine North is perfect in everything she puts her hands and mind into. At times, her way too perfect attitude annoyed me. Art is the guy who is facing issues due to his mother's death and adores Celestine more than his heart and their cheesy romance with talks of future and all makes the story sweet. The supporting cast is quite well-developed and the author holds a strong grip on their psychological aspects all through out the story. Overall, this is an intriguing as well as captivating story which will make the readers anticipate till the very end. And as for me, I simply adored this book and am looking forward in reading the next book in the series. Verdict: A delightful YA dystopian that you need to look out for. Courtesy: Thanks to the publishers from Harper Collins India for giving me an opportunity to read and review this book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kate (GirlReading)

    I unexpectedly enjoyed this so much! I say unexpectedly because I've not read many dystopians in the past, due to being a little dubious of the genre after the huge surge of them a few years ago but this had me hooked from the moment it started. The concept was very intriguing, although sometimes the parallels between this fictional government and historical governments was a little unsettling and questionable! An aspect I really enjoyed and appreciated was the fact that being deemed 'perfect' w I unexpectedly enjoyed this so much! I say unexpectedly because I've not read many dystopians in the past, due to being a little dubious of the genre after the huge surge of them a few years ago but this had me hooked from the moment it started. The concept was very intriguing, although sometimes the parallels between this fictional government and historical governments was a little unsettling and questionable! An aspect I really enjoyed and appreciated was the fact that being deemed 'perfect' wasn't synonymous with anything other than your actions. People weren't deemed 'flawed' because of anything that people have been oppressed because of )in the past or present), which is something I'll admit I was initially concerned about with this book. Being 'flawed' or 'perfect' had nothing to do with how you looked, who you loved, what you believe in etc. Instead it's about whether you lie, steal, or are disloyal to the government etc. That being said, the plot focus's on just how flawed these laws and government ideas are! I really enjoyed the characters in this and what I especially loved in the main character, Celestine, was how quickly she began to question the authority figures and everything she's grown up understanding, which is something I've doing often takes characters far too long to do. She also soon begins to recognise her own prejudices against people who are 'flawed' and on numerous occasions calls herself out on them, which I thought was really great. "I don't expect them to show any gratitude for something that should have been said from the beginning." At times she definitely makes some questionable decisions and comments but you definitely see her character grow throughout the book! The family dynamics were also really interesting to read and watch evolve and I kind of love the fact that, despite there being a romance, it definitely took the back burner to the action and questions the story bought up. I did want to put a trigger warning that there are some quite violent and distressing scenes in this, which definitely shocked for a YA. So if that's something you're more sensitive to, you might want to give this a miss. But although those scenes definitely distressing to read, I found it somewhat refreshing to see some darker, gritty scenes and having a YA book pushing the boundaries. But again, I do want to put a trigger warning on it, as it's not something I expected and I can see it potentially being upsetting to some readers. Overall, this book definitely made me think. It's fast pace made it a total page turner, although I will say that I'm still undecided on how I feel about a few of the elements featured. However I'm definitely intrigued to see how this story ends in the next book!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    1 - Black and white. Star. DNF @ 28% It has been a while since I have read anything by Cecelia Ahern, being her first foray into YA Dystopia I was interested too see how she would spin it. For me at over a quarter of the book read, I kind of feel something of note needed to have happened, but I was so disconnected from the story, and so little had been absorbed I can't even remember the names of the main characters. The only thing that really sticks in the mind is that a lot of the traits, rules 1 - Black and white. Star. DNF @ 28% It has been a while since I have read anything by Cecelia Ahern, being her first foray into YA Dystopia I was interested too see how she would spin it. For me at over a quarter of the book read, I kind of feel something of note needed to have happened, but I was so disconnected from the story, and so little had been absorbed I can't even remember the names of the main characters. The only thing that really sticks in the mind is that a lot of the traits, rules, regulations and punishments meted out by The Guild just reminded me of Nazism and their own particular brand of law, order and punishment. A bold statement you might think, and I can certainly see that the author isn't using it in a glamourised way, but more of a this could happen again, kind of theme, but it just didn't sit well considering the slow moving storyline and lack of anything memorable in the way of characters, to give the plot more body. Not a win for me on this occasion, which is a shame as there is a huge gap in the YA Dystopian reading market at the moment. ARC generously provided via Netgalley and I am sorry I cannot provide a more positive review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ari Reavis

    *ARC received from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review* I feel like I could've liked this book way more than I did, if only for a few changes. While it started off slow, things picked up some when Celestine is accused of being flawed, in other words, imperfect. But then things died down again, when they had so much potential to be great from there. I just couldn't connect with Celestine's character. She was very naïve, even after people showed her their true colors. She put herself in dum *ARC received from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review* I feel like I could've liked this book way more than I did, if only for a few changes. While it started off slow, things picked up some when Celestine is accused of being flawed, in other words, imperfect. But then things died down again, when they had so much potential to be great from there. I just couldn't connect with Celestine's character. She was very naïve, even after people showed her their true colors. She put herself in dumb situations and looked at things in such a boring way. Not to mention she was hung up on one boy who was a douchebag and another who she'd never even spoken with before. The ending was more of a "Really?", than a cliffhanger.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    This is an interesting dystopian setting where any “flaw” in behavior gets you permanently branded and cast out in society, a la the “A” in “The Scarlet Letter.” Celestine starts out dating the son of one of the behavioral judges, but after she helps an elderly man on a bus who happens to be “flawed” she is cast out as well. Very engaging writing and excellent pacing. Author Ceceila Ahern does a brilliant job of getting down to the meat of feelings and trauma and examining how Celestine has had This is an interesting dystopian setting where any “flaw” in behavior gets you permanently branded and cast out in society, a la the “A” in “The Scarlet Letter.” Celestine starts out dating the son of one of the behavioral judges, but after she helps an elderly man on a bus who happens to be “flawed” she is cast out as well. Very engaging writing and excellent pacing. Author Ceceila Ahern does a brilliant job of getting down to the meat of feelings and trauma and examining how Celestine has had her former life ripped away from her in a split second. Really, she could be talking about so many life events, and the visceral way each moment of shame, anger, rage and terror is described is so well done. Please excuse typos/name misspellings. Entered on screen reader.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Thyago | MrsMargotBlog

    This reading was a true roller coaster of emotions, but the one that remained the most was the revolt, mainly because of prejudice, discrimination and lack of respect for the human condition. It would be incredibly frightening if this dystopia were to happen in today's society. It's a reading that we consume very fast, I couldn't stop reading, I wanted to know more and more, I confess I was enjoying it so much that... I wanted more. And the book ends in an exciting part, I wanted to read the sec This reading was a true roller coaster of emotions, but the one that remained the most was the revolt, mainly because of prejudice, discrimination and lack of respect for the human condition. It would be incredibly frightening if this dystopia were to happen in today's society. It's a reading that we consume very fast, I couldn't stop reading, I wanted to know more and more, I confess I was enjoying it so much that... I wanted more. And the book ends in an exciting part, I wanted to read the second book, I'll be anxious waiting!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cristina

    One of the best books I’ve read this year! Can’t wait to read the next one in the series. It was awesome! Every action of this book! 5+ stars!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Vikki

    Totally not what I expected. Set in a dystopian society where following the rules and social norms strictly enforced and perfection is the goal, Celestine North is the model citizen: beautiful, straight-A student who is logical and is the girlfriend of the son of the most powerful judge in the country. Normally the rule-follower, she is shaken and confused by the recent rulings of the court. The first is her neighbor who took her dying mother outside the country to be euthanized, following her d Totally not what I expected. Set in a dystopian society where following the rules and social norms strictly enforced and perfection is the goal, Celestine North is the model citizen: beautiful, straight-A student who is logical and is the girlfriend of the son of the most powerful judge in the country. Normally the rule-follower, she is shaken and confused by the recent rulings of the court. The first is her neighbor who took her dying mother outside the country to be euthanized, following her dying mother's wish to end her pain and suffering. Her neighbor is branded and declared "Flawed" since she stole a life even though she did not break any laws inside the country. The second is a famous sports player who cheated on his wife but is found not guilty or not "Flawed" even though there is plenty of evidence that he did commit the crime. The fact that the judge in the case owns a significant part of the sports league that this famous player is a part of and being declared "Flawed" would prevent him from traveling internationally with the team and severely restrict his life has the public and Celestine questioning the fairnesss of this "Flawless" court. When Celestine speaks up and tries to save a Flawed man life on a bus, she is arrested for aiding a Flawed and is put on public trial. Celestine's life will be forever changed no matter what the outcome but can she live with herself if she lies and tries to save herself from the fate of being "Flawed"? I could have read this book in 1 day if I could have kept my eyes open last night to finish it. It was deeply moving to me and showed me what bullying is like when taken to the extreme in a society, to the point where some people in society are seen a less-than-human and have their rights taken away and their lives severely restricted over lapse of judgment or thought different from the accepted norm. I felt the anger and the frustration of the Flawed and those who questioned the morality of the society but were afraid to speak up in fear of being declared "Flawed." A great dystopian novel that O would highly recommend to all especially young adults and dystopian readers. I am looking forward to the sequel that is coming out soon. I gave this a 4 out of 5 on Goodreads.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Giselle

    An Electronic Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. Quotes have been pulled from an ARC and may be subject to change. This had one of the most brutal dystopian settings I have ever read. Can you imagine a world where you are punished for making the first ever mistake? And not just for a duration, but your entire life. This Celestine North's life. Being perfect and flawless..This is what she has become. Obviously we know this can't last long, she ends up maki An Electronic Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. Quotes have been pulled from an ARC and may be subject to change. This had one of the most brutal dystopian settings I have ever read. Can you imagine a world where you are punished for making the first ever mistake? And not just for a duration, but your entire life. This Celestine North's life. Being perfect and flawless..This is what she has become. Obviously we know this can't last long, she ends up making a mistake in public for all the world to witness and the consequences are fast and fierce. But other plans are forced into play and she ends up being set as an example. Will she be able to overcome these challenges or will it ultimately kill her? I thought this world that Ceceila Ahern created was very interesting. Can you imagine a more perfect society? It didn't last long, and boy did our main character fall from grace rather quickly. I also had trouble understanding why people were punished. I just thought all of their rules were too open and it didn't seem like something that fit in with what she ended up doing. I know it's not our society that Ahern has created but what about religion? What about all the other countries? What happened in this country that made it like this? I didn't get a valid explanation. Only a paragraphs about how some people made terrible decisions? Huh? Who gets to dictate what others do? For example a couple who wanted to get treatment for their child became Flawed for going to another country to get said treatment. How is this a bad decision? If these parents are helping their child get better than wouldn't society be also healthier instead of having a sick child that is spreading a virus around?? Apparently this society does because humans are supposed to be perfect. It didn't make any sense and I was constantly wondering! There are also some pretty intense gory scenes that I wasn't happy reading into. I mean it was described in detail and I almost threw up a little, gah. It also became a bit predictable and then there was a love triangle and what I'm guessing was instant love. She barely knew anything about this guy and immediately became obsessed. I had no idea why either. There was a brutal bullying scene that had me screeching in my head. It was a little too intense for me.  I enjoyed how strong Celestine fought back against the Guild but she also had a ton of support from her parents which was nice to see. I was just sick of hearing how perfect she was. Yep we get it..She is flawless until she's not.. Her boyfriend Art is superficial and shallow and I had no information about the third boy because they didn't even talk to one another...Bonus points for featuring an African American character and model though! The ending made up for most of the book but I also felt the story kind of went nowhere. I'm unsure as to where or not I will continue.  RATING 2/5 QUOTES Laziness in maintaining their outside represents who they are on the inside. I can't be afraid of someone whose human side I see and know. It's not that we're not allowed to, it's just that I wouldn't know what to say. I step around then when they're near me, I avoid their eye contact. I always thought of the Flawed as less than us, and I can't believe I have admitted that to myself. You hold it till death. You suffer the consequences of your one mistake for the rest of your life. Your punishment serves as a reminder to others to think before they act. Remember, in this world, image is everything. It's all mind games. It's about power. Control. This society we live in. I don't want to stand out. I want to fit in.  A scapegoat for society and now a scapegoat for everyone else who knows me. All their problems are all my fault. Nothing to do with their own decisions, their own mistakes, their own doing. Sheep. The more mistakes you have made, the more you have learned. Loyalty to their own flesh and blood is seen as disloyalty to society.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Laura Rash

    I haven't been blown away by a book like this in a long time! Picking up momentum as it goes you're nearly breathless by the end & left wanting to immediately know how the story continues. Love the underlying messages throughout the story that none of us are perfect, we're all flawed. Insanely great read! Cannot wait to read Perfect when it comes out! I haven't been blown away by a book like this in a long time! Picking up momentum as it goes you're nearly breathless by the end & left wanting to immediately know how the story continues. Love the underlying messages throughout the story that none of us are perfect, we're all flawed. Insanely great read! Cannot wait to read Perfect when it comes out!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Daviau

    This book was such a pleasant surprise, I enjoyed it way more than I thought I would! It was fast paced and hooked me right from the start, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to find out what would happen next. The concept is incredibly interesting, it reminded me a bit of the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld which I loved. My only complaint is that I didn’t really care much for any of the characters so that affected my enjoyment a tad. I didn’t hate them but I wasn’t rooting for them either This book was such a pleasant surprise, I enjoyed it way more than I thought I would! It was fast paced and hooked me right from the start, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to find out what would happen next. The concept is incredibly interesting, it reminded me a bit of the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld which I loved. My only complaint is that I didn’t really care much for any of the characters so that affected my enjoyment a tad. I didn’t hate them but I wasn’t rooting for them either. Other than that though this was an excellent story!

  21. 5 out of 5

    The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)

    Full Review on The Candid Cover Flawed was one of my highly anticipated reads this year, so I was thrilled when I was able to get my hands on a copy. The concept really drew me in, and I had such high hopes for the book. However, the main character was too impulsive and sort of selfish for me, and there were some graphic scenes that I wasn’t prepared for. As much as I wanted to love this book, I ended up a little disappointed with it. Flawed has such an intriguing concept! This dystopian tells the Full Review on The Candid Cover Flawed was one of my highly anticipated reads this year, so I was thrilled when I was able to get my hands on a copy. The concept really drew me in, and I had such high hopes for the book. However, the main character was too impulsive and sort of selfish for me, and there were some graphic scenes that I wasn’t prepared for. As much as I wanted to love this book, I ended up a little disappointed with it. Flawed has such an intriguing concept! This dystopian tells the story of a perfect society where anyone who steps out of place is branded as a Flawed. The idea of a person being an outcast because of their decisions and lifestyle really interested me. I had super high expectations for this one, which is probably why it just didn’t hit the mark for me. I had a few problems with the main character in Flawed. Celestine is the kind of character who is too quick to judge others. Also, her decision making skills are very poor. She never listens to anyone else’s side of the story, which also really bothered me. I feel like, in her situation, she could have tried a lot harder to forgive people instead of pushing them away. Without a connection to the main character, this book just really didn’t draw me in as I had hoped. A few parts in Flawed were also pretty unpleasant to read about. Certain scenes in the book were too graphic for me, and kind of disturbing. I understand that these scenes add to the mood of the book and that the author is just trying to be descriptive, but it got to a point where it was a little too much. I really don’t like feeling squeamish when I’m reading a book, so this was a turn-off for me. Flawed is a dystopian novel with a super intriguing concept that had so much potential. However, the impulsive main character and a few graphic scenes were disappointing. Despite those elements, Flawed did have moments that were enjoyable and the concept is quite interesting. I would still recommend this book if you are willing to overlook the main character’s behaviour and can tolerate a story with very graphic scenes.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    I... just... I'm underwhelmed. It was just so unoriginal to me. I picked this book up randomly in the "new books" section at the public library because 1) I kind of liked the minimalist cover, and 2) It sounded a little bit like UGLIES by Scott Westerfeld (one of my favorite books when I was much, much younger). I felt like it would be a bit nostalgic. And it had been a while since I'd read a dystopian novel. I was definitely in the mood for one. But... clearly not this one. FLAWED seemed quite ty I... just... I'm underwhelmed. It was just so unoriginal to me. I picked this book up randomly in the "new books" section at the public library because 1) I kind of liked the minimalist cover, and 2) It sounded a little bit like UGLIES by Scott Westerfeld (one of my favorite books when I was much, much younger). I felt like it would be a bit nostalgic. And it had been a while since I'd read a dystopian novel. I was definitely in the mood for one. But... clearly not this one. FLAWED seemed quite typical of a dystopia. We had the main character, who lives her perfect life perfectly, until one day she makes a life-altering choice to stick it to the man. Then she starts a revolution. There's a love interest from the beginning, but then there's the hot soldier-type guy who she never really spoke to but felt a really awesome, deep connection with. YAWN. I mean, I guess it's partially my own fault for expecting something different, but this was just too incredibly boring because I felt like I'd read it before. Nothing was very surprising. Nothing made me want to read more. Nothing makes me want to pick up the next book when it comes out. THE GOOD NEWS is that the writing didn't bother me at all. I kind of liked it. I liked getting to know the main character, even though she was honestly pretty boring herself. I definitely feel like I'd like the hot soldier guy, but it's still not enough to make me put the second book on my TBR. Sadly. The beginning felt wayyy too in-your-face moralistic, which is not my fave. And I wasn't interested in much of anything until the last hundred pages, and even then my interest faded in and out. So. Not terrible. Not great. Just blah. Underwhelming. I feel like I've gotta start reading another book tonight to get this nothingness out of my mind.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    I've noticed, either readers love or hate this book. And me? I'm just in the middle :) actually I found it overall quite interesting. I liked the characters. What I liked particularly was that the protagonist - Celestine North had to experience the difference between being "perfect" and "flawed" in a dystopian society, where it is a MUST to follow all rules and social norms. In my opinion, the main flaw of "Flawed" was the ending that actually didn't really sound like ending, because it was inter I've noticed, either readers love or hate this book. And me? I'm just in the middle :) actually I found it overall quite interesting. I liked the characters. What I liked particularly was that the protagonist - Celestine North had to experience the difference between being "perfect" and "flawed" in a dystopian society, where it is a MUST to follow all rules and social norms. In my opinion, the main flaw of "Flawed" was the ending that actually didn't really sound like ending, because it was interrupted in the middle. At least, it was my impression. I turned the page to continue reading but it was over... I understand, there is a continuation of this story, but interrupting it just like this... Otherwise I could have given it even 4 stars.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Raghad

    I REALLY REALLY WANT TO REVIEW THIS BUT I ALSO REALLY WANT TO START THE NEXT BOOK, YOU FEEL?

  25. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    It's 03:20, I am so hungry my stomach's turning into a volcano and I was supposed to sleep since 4 hours ago. But what have I done instead? I read the whole freaking book. I think this confession is pretty self-explanatory. Review Coming Soon! Also, I NEED THAT GODDAMMIT SEQUEL LIKE, RIGHT NOW!!! ------ Thank you netgalley for giving me a copy in exchange of a honest review! Final rating is 4.5/5 stars This review may be slightly biased because I may still be obsessed with the story. I have never It's 03:20, I am so hungry my stomach's turning into a volcano and I was supposed to sleep since 4 hours ago. But what have I done instead? I read the whole freaking book. I think this confession is pretty self-explanatory. Review Coming Soon! Also, I NEED THAT GODDAMMIT SEQUEL LIKE, RIGHT NOW!!! ------ Thank you netgalley for giving me a copy in exchange of a honest review! Final rating is 4.5/5 stars This review may be slightly biased because I may still be obsessed with the story. I have never read anything by Cecelia Ahern before today. And now I wish I had. *grabs Love, Rosie* I swear that I will read more from her! While the whole idea of branding people because they have done something which they weren't supposed to do is not really original (Branded by Abi Ketner anyone?), I really enjoyed the whole world building. It was new without really being new, because it looked a lot like the cities we all know without actually being them. Ugh... I am confusing myself now. But I loved the setting. I mentioned early that the idea of branding people wasn't new. But the reason behind the branding is... it's more than extreme, people. It's cruel, downright cruel. It's unfair and more than it, illogical. It revolted me. And I think that the author made it purposefully, because, from that moment, I was in the book at an emotional level that I don't like. I don't like being invested very very emotionally in a movie or a book, because I know myself, and I know that I will cry. Well, it happened. I cried. The descriptions were so vivid that I could feel, see and smell whatever Celestine was doing. It was so, so wrong. And twisted. And so many other things. Well, at least I can say that Ahern got me emotionally. Damn it! While I didn't enjoy Celestine from the beginning - she was too logical, too much of a walking dictionary, and as annoying as a plastic toy; not that I have anything against plastic toys - when this particular thing happened to her... Well, I felt that she became more sympathetic. More understanding. More human. She doesn't want to look like a martyr. She doesn't people to be using her to make a revolution. (hmmm, Hunger Games much?) She just wants to live her life and be left alone. Unfortunately, things don't go as planned. They never do now, do they? As I said earlier, the descriptions are very vivid. Well, I am correcting what I said. Everything is vivid. How people treat those who are flawed. The injustice. The lack of respect and tolerance. The absurdity of it all. It broke my heart. It showed human nature at its worst, and it was horrible. Oh, and I cried again. I am emotional like that. I didn't really felt the "chemistry" between Celestine and her boyfriend Art. I know that, with everything that happened, romance wasn't the focus of this book (Amen!!!), but I thought we'll... You know...? Feel a little of that chemistry. Oh, we did all right. But... I am not complaining, but I wish we'd see Art more in this book. And Carrick! He was such an interesting character, I am very disappointed we've got to see him only on the beginning and in the end. I hope we'll see more of those two in the next book. And I really hope there won't be any love triangles! The only complaint I've got (and yes, I have one!) is that, at a point, there are too many descriptions. This may be because our MC tends to analyse everything, but I'll do without the descriptions overload, thank you! So yes, on the overall? I loved this book! It got my heart and soul, and I am thinking of re-reading it after I am done with my other ARCs. A dozen times maybe. Or more. You are thinking of reading this book? THEN HELL YEAH, DO IT!!!! F*CKING READ IT ONCE IT'LL BE OUT!!! I NEED MORE PEOPLE TO CRY WITH ME!!!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    My review can also be found here: https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress.... In a world where people are punished for being flawed, there is so much pressure to be perfect. This book was so much more to me than entertainment. I found myself thinking that it was allegorical to the Holocaust and racism. This book made me think. Although it was a dystopian novel, it felt like it was possible, which is probably what made it so great. You always think that when reading something like this, I would never My review can also be found here: https://devouringbooks2017.wordpress.... In a world where people are punished for being flawed, there is so much pressure to be perfect. This book was so much more to me than entertainment. I found myself thinking that it was allegorical to the Holocaust and racism. This book made me think. Although it was a dystopian novel, it felt like it was possible, which is probably what made it so great. You always think that when reading something like this, I would never do that, but a whole country stood by while Jews were thrown into ovens. People take videos of assault rather than intervene. While some of the events and actions of people in this book were unthinkable and horrific, these actions are plausible. Prejudice is a real issue, when excepted in society, people act in horrific ways that they believe are justifiable. “My prejudice strikes me. I had been repulsed by the reaction of the woman with the crutches to the Flawed woman smiling at her, but I hold equal views of my own without ever realizing it.” Typically in books for the conflict is against the system, the main character believes that that the system is in just and wrong. Celestine believes in the system and only begin to see her prejudice and the injustice of it off when she might be branded as blood herself. It is a viewpoint that is much more powerful and thought-provoking than your typical viewpoint in these types of books. It brings up the question important most anything involving civil rights; are you willing to face punishment for what you believe is right? “I’ve learned that to be courageous is to feel fear within, every step of the way. Courage does not take over, it fights and struggles through every word you say and every step you take. It’s a battle or a dance as to whether to let it pervade. It takes courage to overcome, but it takes extreme fear to be courageous.” The plot was incredible. I can’t believe that I almost didn’t read this book. I had so many feelings while reading this book, but mostly, it made me angry. I love the way it was written. The little details that were pointed out about the characters gave insight into what they were really like. The character development was subtle, but great. The writing captures pain and the injustices of society. This is so much more than your typical dystopian read. I can’t believe that this book isn’t that popular. This is one of those books that changes the way you think. It will stay with you and it will make you question your beliefs. Just read it.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mel (Epic Reading)

    I've been thinking for hours on what to say about Flawed. Maybe the simplest way to describe this book is that it's a wonderful dystopian set-up and world with major flaws in the actual story. The first 40% of this book is spectacular! Right up there with Hunger Games. The writing is snappy, clever, gruesome and paced so that you can't even breathe. And then things settle down which is okay except that it's like Cecelia Ahern forgot that she was writing a deeply moving dystopian book. Where's th I've been thinking for hours on what to say about Flawed. Maybe the simplest way to describe this book is that it's a wonderful dystopian set-up and world with major flaws in the actual story. The first 40% of this book is spectacular! Right up there with Hunger Games. The writing is snappy, clever, gruesome and paced so that you can't even breathe. And then things settle down which is okay except that it's like Cecelia Ahern forgot that she was writing a deeply moving dystopian book. Where's the self reflection? Where's the depression? Where's the pages of defeat? All missing. And that is where this book goes all wrong. Instead of following in Mockingjay's footsteps and making our lead gal a real person; we suddenly have a shallow, dumb little girl whose in over her head and yet too stupid to know it. And with all that the poor hits just keep on coming... - the love interests are both blah and never developed - the end isn't an end at all but instead a cliffhanger to force you into book 2 (why can't we ever have some small ending and then a cliffhanger) - the family members are no more than mother, father, sister. I seriously couldn't remember their names they were that one dimensional It's really tragic to see a book that had my heart racing, my interest at 110% and some amazing ideas in it fall so fast. :(

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cody

    I have a lot of feelings about this book, it was surprisingly dark - I was expecting a light dystopian. I feel this is more a character driven story but the character who intrigued me the most didn't really get a look in until the ending; such a shame!! How it was an interesting debut for Ahern's debut to YA, I cannot wait to meet her tomorrow and pick her brain about book 2! *Review to come* I have a lot of feelings about this book, it was surprisingly dark - I was expecting a light dystopian. I feel this is more a character driven story but the character who intrigued me the most didn't really get a look in until the ending; such a shame!! How it was an interesting debut for Ahern's debut to YA, I cannot wait to meet her tomorrow and pick her brain about book 2! *Review to come*

  29. 5 out of 5

    Alycia

    I couldn't put this book down! The only thing flawed about this book is that I have to wait for the next one to come out! I seriously can't wait. I couldn't put this book down! The only thing flawed about this book is that I have to wait for the next one to come out! I seriously can't wait.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)

    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight True story about this book: I almost DNFed. Several times. It was, pun absolutely intended, Flawed. I liked the idea a lot from the description, but it doesn't really go into much detail about the whole "Flawed" business. The thing is, being Flawed in this society (which I assume to be some kind of dystopian England?) is basically this: You do something... kind of dumb maybe. Like, not s You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight True story about this book: I almost DNFed. Several times. It was, pun absolutely intended, Flawed. I liked the idea a lot from the description, but it doesn't really go into much detail about the whole "Flawed" business. The thing is, being Flawed in this society (which I assume to be some kind of dystopian England?) is basically this: You do something... kind of dumb maybe. Like, not something illegal, or harmful. Just something that this random court doesn't like. I have no freaking clue why they get to decide these things, but they get carried away. Apparently it stems from some kind of bad economic decisions? But what on earth that has to do with some random person lying and- get ready- having their tongue branded forever, I will never know. Sorry, but those things don't equate. It was all weird, mundane stuff- lying, making a bad decision (what even is that? What if you pick like, the McMuffin instead of the Biscuit at McDonald's? That's a bad decision, but is it Flawed? Your guess is as good as mine), or cheating, or.... helping an elderly Flawed man who was basically dying on a bus? Yes, that is how Celestine gets her Flawed status- she helps an old man sit in a bus seat. It's so damn contradictory that I wanted to stop reading right there. And branding people? The thing is, there wasn't enough backstory/worldbuilding to make this the least bit plausible. Celestine and her sister and boyfriend were riding on the bus to school, everyone's normal and happy... so this doesn't equate in my head to a society that treats people who make these ridiculously arbitrary "offenses" like cattle.  So you see why I almost DNFed, right? But here's the thing- it actually started to get really good. Like, Celestine was a great character- she started off very unlikable, but then really started to develop as a character. Her boyfriend was annoying, but he faded away. Her family was hugely involved so that was even more awesome. Mom, Dad, siblings, even her grandfather (who was the most awesome of the bunch) had a big role in this story. Oh and diversity? Yes there was! And then, things got interesting! It turned into this whole shady business political thing, with Celestine's case being one of the ones the media was highly focused on. The side characters got interesting, and I really wanted to know what the outcome would be. So somehow, some way, I ended up really liking this book- after about 30%. So keep that in mind. I can't in good conscience rate it higher than 2.5-3 stars, simply because I was seriously about to DNF it, and I still find the lack of worldbuilding (or perhaps, world explaining?) to be troublesome. But you'd better believe I will be reading the sequel! *Copy provided by publisher for review

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